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Hakon Kornstad

Saxophonist Hakon Kornstad has enjoyed critical praise not only for his performance technique and emotional intelligence, but also for his willingness to experiment in a wide range of different expressive moods. Combining soundscapes and percussive beats and layers with a melodic sensibility, there's always been a sense of awe when listening to his recordings. In his newest offering, Dwell Time (Jazzland, 2009), we are again presented with his well-honed musicality, but this time the performances are all his own, in a scaled-down setting. It is a solo effort in every sense of the word.

In eight pieces we are offered a variety of expressions. From Still One, which seems to convey a reflective solitude, to the cool hipness of Oslo and the aptly titled Noir, Kornstad astounds us with his ability to masterfully grasp a spectrum of emotional output through his tenor sax, bass sax, flutonette, flute, in addition to his live looping. Recorded in the Sofienberg Chruch in Oslo, the album is produced by Kornstad as well.

“When I recorded 'Single Engine' in 2007, I was eager to show variety,” Kornstad states. “With Dwell Time it was different. I simply wanted to get into one mood, dwell on it - and hit the record button. Insert the expression 'free improvisation' here if you like; the music was created there and then, and without overdubbing or serious editing. The Sofienberg Church in Oslo provides some excellent and inspiring acoustics, and this album was the result of a couple of nights there in January, followed by a serious cull of many of the little darlings. Enjoy the survived ones here.”

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The Norwegian saxophonist Hakon Kornstad has a deeply focused tone and a dazzling command of expressive effects. He puts it all to good use on ”Dwell Time” (Jazzland), his serene but potent new solo album.
Nate Chinen - New York Times

Adventurous, yet undeniably accessible, Single Engine is another rung on a ladder that Kornstad’s been climbing for the past few years. Along with Seim, he’s part of a new generation of Norwegian reed players regularly pushing the boundaries of the instrument, finding limitless potential through persistent experimentation.
John Kelman - AllAboutJazz (US)

Norwegian saxophonist Håkon Kornstad has been one of the central figures on the new Norwegian scene that aspires to break new vistas beyond the almost codified ECM representation of the Nordic scene (...) A Beautiful and impressive statement.
Eyal Hareuveni - AllAboutJazz (US)

Kornstad has conceived a singular approach to the saxophone, fully realized on this solo effort. (...) A highly inventive album

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Discography

Hakon Kornstad: Symphonies In My Head

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Jazzland Recordings
2011

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Symphonies In My Head

Symphonies In My Head

Jazzland Recordings
2011

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Dwell Time

Dwell Time

Jazzland Recordings
2010

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Dwell Time

Dwell Time

Jazzland Recordings
2009

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Single Engine

Single Engine

Jazzland Recordings
2008

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